The Republican Party candidates were also invited to the forum by Logo; however, Logo reported the Republican candidates had declined or did not respond to the invitation.
Several LGBT figures and allies attended the forum, including actress Jane Lynch, ex-marine Staff Sergeant Eric Alva, comedian Alec Mapa, Noah’s Arc’s Darryl Stephens, Doug Spearman, and Wilson Cruz, writer-director Nora Ephron, and actor Neil Patrick Harris.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton faced scrutiny from gay advocates when she was asked by Joe Solomenese about her opposition to same-sex marriage. Clinton replied, "I prefer to think of it as being very positive about civil unions." Clinton stated she fully supported civil unions with full equality and benefits to heterosexual marriage. Other views on same-sex marriage include Senator Barack Obama stating he would "make sure the legal rights that have consequences on day-to-day basis for loving same sex couples all across the country… are recognized and enforced." Senator John Edwards renounced his previous statements that due to his religious views and Southern Baptist background, he opposed same-sex marriage. Edwards stated "I shouldn’t have said that."
Only Representative Dennis Kucinich and former Senator Mike Gravel stated their support for same-sex marriage, as opposed to civil unions with all rights similar to marriage favored by the leading Democratic candidates.
The debate on gays in the military developed as another topic at the forum. Senator Clinton claimed the creation of the "don’t ask, don’t tell policy" under former President Bill Clinton’s administration was initially to prevent a "witch hunt" for gays and lesbians in the military.
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